Rob asked a very good question:
I am about to dive headfirst into spinning, and am already drooling over wheels. I think the friend who is going to give me my first wheel lesson this weekend has hopes of selling me a wheel, but I am also doing a lot of window shopping. So, a question — why buy the baby? Do the three wheels I see in the picture do very different things?
A very good question indeed!
Katarina, my Kromski Minstrel, was my first wheel. I learned wheel spinning on her and love her. In a fever of obsessive-compulsiveness, I bought my second wheel, Lenny the Lendrum, a month later. Lenny spins like a dream: smooth and quiet. But I discovered that I prefer plying with Katarina, so I have been spinning singles on Lenny and plying them on Katarina.
Lenny is a folding wheel and came with a nifty carrying case. So when I went to the Knitters Review Retreat at the beginning of this month, I folded Lenny, put him in his case, and took him to the retreat. And took him home again. And did a number on my back schlepping Lenny to and fro and fro and to. He’s sort of on the heavy side (at least to a delicate flower like me) but I think it’s more his size than his weight that I found awkward to deal with. Like Eric Cartman, he’s not fat, he’s big-boned.
So I ordered the baby wheel. Much smaller and more compact. Because she is more portable, I’ll be more inclined to take her places with me.
While she’s my third wheel, she’s not a third wheel. If you know what I mean. Get it? Get it?
Actual Knitting Content
I sucked it up and actually did some knitting on Mermaid. I finished the body!
Here’s work on the i-cord edging:
Because Lucy elected to supervise from a distance:
Instead of up close and personal, as usual, I finished the i-cord edging. Wheeee!
Now I just gotta get those sleeves done.
The weather forecasters predict that it will be 30 degrees colder tomorrow. Dare I hope?